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Not to be confused with Baby Kong from the Donkey Kong Country animated series.
Baby Donkey Kong
Baby Donkey Kong's artwork from the game Mario Super Sluggers for Wii.
Full Name Baby Donkey Kong the Third
Alias(es) Baby DK,
Star Child,
Donkey Kong the Third,
The Jungle King

Residence(s) Donkey Kong Island
Family Kong Family,
Cranky Kong (grandfather),
Wrinkly Kong (grandmother),
Donkey Kong Jr. (father),
Diddy Kong (future nephew),
Candy Kong (future girlfriend)[1]
Species Kong
Sub-Species Gorilla with a short monkey tail
Gender Male
Affiliation(s) Kong Family,
Star Children,
Yoshis (caretakers)
Powers/Abilities Tremendous strength,
Swinging on ropes,
Grabbing on vines,
Climbing up and down on vertical vines or moving horizontally on parallel vines,
Executing a powerful shoulder charge attack,
Enabling explosive Yoshi Eggs
Enemies Bowser,
King K. Rool,
Game(s) Yoshi's Island DS,
Mario Super Sluggers
First Appearance Yoshi's Island DS (2006)
Latest Appearance Mario Super Sluggers (2008)

Baby Donkey Kong, also known as Baby DK, is Donkey Kong's younger self appearing in the games Yoshi's Island DS and Mario Super Sluggers.


Yoshi's Island DS[]

During the events of the game Yoshi's Island DS, all babies from the world are stolen by future Bowser, Kamek, and his Toady army after they traveled to the past. It includes Baby Donkey Kong, who was stolen from his treetop home. The villains intend to find powerful stars inside the hearts of seven babies, called Star Children, in order to conquer the universe. They are successful in taking the kidnapped babies to the Bowser's Castle, except for two Toadies, which lose Baby Mario and Baby Peach after being attacked by a Stork. A group of Yoshis are able to save the two babies, and decide to rescue Baby Luigi, alongside the Stork, and stop the future King Bowser and Kamek's evil plan.

During the adventure, and soon after Baby Peach is captured by some Ukikis at the jungle, Baby DK appears by dropping over a green Yoshi. He is able to help the Yoshis to rescue Baby Peach, and eventually, the heroes also find Baby Wario and Baby Bowser, who also assist in the quest.

Later, after traversing many stages and going through many enemies, the Yoshis and babies reach the Bowser's Castle, where they face and defeat the future King Bowser. Baby Luigi and all the other babies are rescued and carried back to the homes by Storks. Then it is revealed that the Baby Luigi and the five babies assisting the Yoshis during the game are the Star Children, including Baby Donkey Kong. During the credits cutscene, the seventh and final Star Child is born, a green Yoshi hatching from an egg.

Mario Super Sluggers[]

In the game Mario Super Sluggers, Baby Donkey Kong is an unlockable playable character. He has a good chemistry with Baby Mario, Baby Luigi, Baby Peach, Baby Daisy, Yoshi, Dixie Kong, Tiny Kong and Funky Kong. With the Kritters and King K. Rool, he has a bad chemistry (dispite never meeting them before). His chemistry with adult Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong is neutral.

Physical Appearance[]

Baby Donkey Kong resembles a tiny gorilla with brown fur. Oddly, he also possesses a stubby monkey tail. Baby Donkey Kong wears a red bib with "DK" written on it, just like the adult Donkey Kong has a red tie with "DK" written on it.


In the game Yoshi's Island DS, Baby Donkey Kong can climb vines and chains, and even hang onto a swinging rope to use the momentum to move forward, while holding the current Yoshi being ridden. If the player presses the "Down" button and then the swallowing button (either "Y" or "B" button depending on the control settings), Baby DK can do a shoulder charge that can break through some walls, enemies, and tough blocks. Yoshi Eggs thrown by Yoshis do not bounce but they have an explosive effect. It is possible to defeat more than one enemy, activate clouds, or grab items just out of reach by a wall by the explosion blast. When the current Yoshi ground-pounds on poles, the pole goes all the way down on the first move, relating to Baby Donkey Kong's strenght.



  • Baby Donkey Kong's tiny monkey tail seems to have unknowingly disappeared in his adult self.
  • Cranky Kong, Wrinkly Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., and Diddy Kong have conjoined eyes whereas Baby Donkey Kong/adult Donkey Kong does not.
  • It was speculated among some fans whether Baby Donkey Kong was a younger current Donkey Kong or a younger Cranky Kong. However, considering he has a striking resemblance to the current adult Donkey Kong and wears a monogrammed bib similar to DK's tie, and the current Donkey Kong and Mario also appear to be around the same age group, the former is most likely the true intention and solidified as current adult DK and Baby DK appear together in the game Mario Super Sluggers.
    • Additionally, Donkey's status as one of the seven Star Children could have been implied in the original Mario Party game where five others: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, and Wario are arguing over who the Super Star is with both Wario and Donkey stating that the Super Star must be strong implying their knowledge of their status. DK's Star Child status assures that he is always regularly invited to the Mario Kart games and various sports competitions that are televised and he is treated like a celebrity with his presence and name having a major influence/importance in the Mushroom Kingdom.[citation needed]
  • In contrast, not only does Cranky Kong during his arcade days and his current self have no physical similarities to Baby Donkey Kong's design at all (theoretically, a Baby Cranky would have looked more similar to Donkey Kong Jr.) and no evidence outside of especulation has suggested that Baby DK is a younger Cranky, but also the notion is narratively and thematically false as Rare's website has stated that Cranky considers Mario to be his arch-enemy in the same way present DK considers King K. Rool his arch-enemy[2] implying Mario and Cranky never worked together and never will. Furthermore in the Donkey Kong Country Instruction Booklet, Cranky arrogantly looks down on his grandson stating that he will never be as good as he was during his prime[3] (i.e. the events of the arcade games where he fights Mario instead of them both being allies for good). This statement makes impossible to Cranky being a Star Child named Baby DK, and helping to save the world by defeating future Bowser and Kamek.
  • Another reason for the current adult Donkey Kong and Baby Donkey Kong being both considered the same character at different ages, it is the fact that after the release of the game Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1994, Donkey Kong the Third officially replaced Cranky Kong as the new "Donkey Kong", appearing in all later Donkey Kong series games, Super Mario Bros. series games, respective spinoffs and other Nintendo's franchises. Retroactively, it also includes appearances as a younger Donkey Kong in games taking place in the past.